Jens Lehmann has lost his spot as number one keeper this season, as Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger has chosen Spaniard Manuel Almunia over the Kraut. Despite the reported fall-outs and accusations between Jens Lehmann and rival Almunia, Lehmann still insists that he deserves to play ahead of Almunia. If he isn’t chosen to be number one – then he claims he will simply leave and accept the concrete offers in which have been proposed to him:
“I would like to be in the thoughts of my coach,” Lehmann said.
“You can boil it all down to one question: Is the other goalkeeper better than me? If not, why am I not playing?
“I’ve shown I can win matches and titles. Even if he is just as good as me, I should be playing.”
He added: “There have been concrete offers. There have been some calls. But it’s possible that I’ll stay at Arsenal.”
Arsenal, despite Almunia’s solid form – need a more reliable goalkeeper. With past links to Juventus keeper Buffon, Arsene Wenger may be on the lookout for a younger, and simply more capable goal protector. Should Arsenal keep Almunia/Lehmann or move on to a better (and most likely more foreign) keeper?